Providence, RI- Sheila Dixon (Schenectady, NY) lit up for a career-high 26 points and grabbed six rebounds to help the Brown women's basketball team to a 70-57 victory during the Brown BEAR Basketball Classic on Sunday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Dixon was named the MVP of the Brown BEAR Classic and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team, and junior Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team as well.
The Bears were led by Dixon's 16 first-half points as the squad shot over 50 percent from the floor and from beyond the arc to gain a 36-13 lead over the Friars at the intermission. Brown's stifling defense held the Friars to just 13 points, the lowest PC has scored in a half all season.
The Friars came out of the half fired up and went on a 13-0 run in the first five minutes of the second half to cut its deficit to just 10 points, 36-26. Sophomore point guard Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, NJ) broke the Bears' silence with two free throws at the 15:26 mark to give Brown back its 12-point advantage, and senior co-captain Aileen Daniels followed with a jumper on the right side at 14:06 to push it up to 14.
PC's Symone Robert's drained a three from the corner to cut the Friars deficit back down to 10 with 11:42 on the clock, and knocked in another to bring the squad within eight at the 10:22 mark.
But the Bears responded when junior Lindsay Nickel put in a layup and made the free throw after the PC foul to push the Bears lead back up to 50-34 with 9:09 left in the game.
With 6:54 left in the game, Clarke drained two free throws after a flagrant foul was called on PC's Chandler McCabe to give Brown a 54-36 advantage, and Dixon knocked in a long trey with just under four minutes to go to increase Bruno's lead to 58-41.
Most Valuable Player: Sheila Dixon